Manually scheduled tasks


in MS PROJECT 2010  manually scheduling is a new feature.

You can see how the new added task will be scheduled here:


You can change default settings from manually scheduled task to auto scheduled task:

Primjer 2 02.06.2011

and then:


If you enter task in auto scheduled mode it will have 1 day duration by default, and start date same as a project start date:


The question mark in duration field means that it is estimated time. Now if you enter, for example 2d in duration field, the question mark will gone:


If you enter task in manually scheduled mode you will get:


The question mark means that you have to enter more information for this task. There is nothing in the graphical part of the Gantt chart for this task.

OK. Now I will enter 1d in duration field:


You can see light blue bar in graphical part and that the task will start on a project start date, but start and end date fields are still empty.

Now I will erase 1d in a duration field and put 2.6.11 in start date field:


You can see that only start sign is shown in graphical part of the Gantt diagram

Now I will erase 2.6.11 in a start date field and put 3.6.11 in end date field:


You can see that only end sign is shown in graphical part of the Gantt diagram

Now I will add 5d in duration field but I will not erase 3.6.11 from the end date field:


You can see that the question mark has disappeared, and that a start date is set to 30.05.11 (5 days before entered end day).

If you add manually scheduled task you can write anything in duration, start and end date field like this:


OK. I have entered description in duration, start date and end date field. What will happen if I change task mode from manually to automatic scheduled?


I will get:


As you can see the start date is the start date of the project and duration is the last entered or calculated duration. If I didn’t have anything in duration field ever in manually scheduled task it will have 1 day duration after switching from manually to auto schedule mode.

In my next blog I will write about linking manually and auto scheduled tasks.

See you,


About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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